Knights Conclude Successful Campaign at NCAA Regionals

May 21, 2011

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By Doug Richards

OCALA, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF men's golf team concluded a successful year Saturday as play closed at the NCAA Regional at the Ocala Golf & Country Club. The Knights tied for 10th at the three-day event.

Head coach Bryce Wallor's Knights were one of 14 teams that competed in Ocala. UCF secured a spot in the regionals by claiming its third-consecutive Conference USA Championship crown in April.

UCF finished the regional at 873 (+9). The top-five finishers at the event advanced to the NCAA Championship, which will be held in Stillwater, Okla., starting May 31. Fifth-ranked Florida won the tournament at 18-under 846, followed by No. 6 Augusta State (852, -12), Kennesaw State (853, -11), NC State (855, -9) and No. 17 Arkansas (856, -8).

The Knights were making their fifth-consecutive regional appearance.

UCF was led by freshman Greg Eason (Leicester City, England), who tied for 17th at 214 (-2). Junior Brad Schneider (Valrico, Fla.) tied for 29th (218, +2) and fellow junior Connor Arendell (Cape Coral, Fla.) tied for 33rd (219, +3). Arendell carded a 2-under 70 during Saturday's final round.

Competing in his first postseason tournament, freshman Kyle Wilshire (Georgetown, Ky.) placed 67th (231, +15). On Saturday, senior Nuno Henriques (Funchal, Portugal) recorded a 2-under 70. Henriques battled an injury throughout the event and was unable to play during the first round Thursday.

UCF's successful campaign in 2010-11 included three tournament titles, and seven total top-five finishes in 11 events.

Team Leaders
1. Florida 282-287-277=846 (-18)
2. Augusta State 290-275-287=852 (-12)
3. Kennesaw State 290-281-282=853 (-11)
4. NC State 284-285-286=855 (-9)
5. Arkansas 283-287-286=856 (-8)
T10. UCF 298-286-289=873 (+9)

UCF Golfers
T17. Greg Eason 71-67-76=214 (-2)
T29. Brad Schneider 77-71-76=218 (+2)
T33. Connor Arendell 74-75-70=219 (+3)
67. Kyle Wilshire 82-76-73=231 (+15)
N/A Nuno Henriques W-73-70=N/A